Finance Ministry notifies 31 State benches of GST appellate tribunal
   Date :17-Sep-2023

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In Maharashtra they will be located at Nagpur, Mumbai, Pune, Thane and Aurangabad 
THE Finance Ministry has notified 31 benches of GST Appellate Tribunal (GSTAT) which will be set up in all States and Union Territories. Setting up of state-level benches of GSTAT would help businesses by way of faster dispute resolution. Currently, taxpayers aggrieved with ruling of tax authorities are required to move the respective High Courts. The resolution process takes a long time as High Courts are already burdened with backlog of cases and do not have a specialised bench to deal with Goods and Service Tax (GST) cases. As per the notification, Gujarat and Union Territories (UTs) -- Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu, will have two benches of the GSTAT; Goa and Maharashtra together will have three benches.
In Maharashtra they will be located at Nagpur, Mumbai, Pune, Thane, and Aurangabad. In Madhya Pradesh the bench will be at Bhopal and in Jharkhand it will be at Ranchi. Karnataka and Rajasthan will have two benches each, while Uttar Pradesh will have three benches. West Bengal, Sikkim and Andaman and Nicobar islands; and Tamil Nadu and Puducherry will together have two GSTAT benches each, while Kerala and Lakshadweep will have one bench. The seven North Eastern states -- Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura -- will have one bench. All other States will have one bench of the GSTAT. AMRG & Associates Senior Partner Rajat Mohan said GST tribunals are essential for resolving tax matters due to their importance in providing an impartial, expert, and efficient forum for addressing tax disputes. They play a crucial role in ensuring fairness, accountability, and the rule of law in tax administration. In the first phase, the Government has notified 31 tribunals that would be formed in all major cities of the country. “Now, the next phase of identifying suitable locations for tribunals, appointing qualified members, and providing necessary infrastructure and resources would begin,” Mohan said.